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Letter of Support to Ukrainian Colleagues – Bath Spa University

Letter of Support for Ukrainian Colleagues

Friday, 25 February, 2022

Dear Ukrainian colleagues,

On behalf of the staff and students at Bath Spa University, I am expressing our collective solidarity with the people of Ukraine following the shocking invasion by Russia.

Over the past decade, Bath Spa University has been developing deep and valued partnerships with Ukrainian universities and organisations, including:

  • Academician Stepan Demianchuk International University of Economics and Humanities
  • Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy
  • Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
  • Mariupol State University
  • State University Uzhhorod National University
  • Sumy State University
  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • Ukrainian Catholic University
  • Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
  • Zaporizhzhia National University
  • Ukrainian Association of Students
  • Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science
  • Ukraine’s National Erasmus Office
  • Hromadske Radio

We are currently working with these partners on several projects: "DESTIN" which focuses on improving the training of journalists in Ukraine, "ACCELERATE" which aims to support accessible immersive learning in art and design, and staff exchanges with Chernivtsi National University and Sumy State University.

We have hosted many Ukrainian visitors to our campuses, and our staff have been frequent visitors to Ukraine. These are our colleagues and our friends.

We stand in steadfast support of Ukraine in its hour of need.

Yours sincerely,

Sue Rigby MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)
Professor of Higher Education

Fundraising appeals for Ukraine

Donate to charitable organisations

There are several charitable organisations working to help those affected by the current situation in Ukraine. Here is a list of some of them:

  • Sunflower of Peace is a charity that helps paramedics and doctors, and has been fundraising for supplies, which includes first aid medical tactical backpacks.
  • United Help Ukraine focuses on providing medical supplies and humanitarian aid, and raising awareness of the conflict.
  • Voices of Children aims to help children affected by the war in Ukraine, providing support through art therapy, psychologists, video storytelling and a number of other methods.
  • The British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to help Ukraine. The charity will be updating its webpage with news on the work its team is doing, and how support will be used to help people.
  • Anna Dezyk has set up a GoFundMe appeal to support the Ukrainian people on behalf of Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) and at the time of writing it has raised over £287,000.
  • British-Ukrainian Aid supports victims of the ongoing war, orphaned children, internally displaced persons, the wounded and others in need. It has launched a JustGiving appeal.
  • Ukrainian Red Cross is made up of everyday volunteers and staff of the Ukrainian Red Cross in different parts of the country supporting people who have found themselves in difficult living conditions or suffered from emergencies.
  • The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund is one of the UN’s country-based pooled funds. Contributions are collected into a single fund and managed locally under UN leadership.
  • UK for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency’s charity partner in the UK) has launched an urgent appeal for funds so that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, can continue delivering essential support for displaced people across the country and the region.
  • The Kyiv Independent is seeking support to enable it to continue its independent reporting on the ground from Ukraine.
  • A multi-organisation GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Ukrainian media organisations, including Ukrainska PravdaZaboronaDetector Media and others. It is being coordinated by The FixAre We EuropeJnomics and Media Development Foundation, as well as multiple media partners from across Europe.
  • CARE’s appeal is highlighting the risks faced by women in girls in conflicts like this.
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy in the USA has launched the CDP Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund.
  • Refugee charity Choose Love has launched an emergency appeal to support the Ukrainian people.
  • Aid to the Church in Need (UK) is committing 1 million euros towards emergency aid to support the work of the Church in Ukraine.
  • The (US) Urgent Action Fund is committed to supporting women, trans, and nonbinary activists on the ground in and surrounding Ukraine by providing flexible funding and security support.
Donate skills and time
  • Tech to the Rescue is inviting companies to donate their staff’s technology skills to make Ukraine stronger.
Donate loyalty points
  • Nectar points can now be donated to any UK charity. If you have points you can choose to donate them to a UK charity supporting people in Ukraine.
  • Marks and Spencer is inviting customers to donate their Sparks points to Unicef UK to support its work with Ukrainian children. “Select UNICEF UK as your chosen Sparks charity”, the company suggested, “and we’ll give a double donation every time you shop with Sparks”.
Further information

You can find up-to-the-minute information on the UK Fundraising website.

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